Reader Feedback 08/22/2006

 Our last WWNK issue generated plenty of reader emails, mostly on our article "The Chemotherapy Mafia" (see below).

We also received some reassuring letters regarding our reminder to displeased readers that Doug Casey does not personally write every article in What We Now Know and that WWNK is not meant to be a pure investment newsletter. Thanks for giving us the thumbs up.

Hey all... as far as subscribers not wanting to hear your opinions on politics etc and only wanting investment advice... I for one appreciate knowing you are aware and take into consideration the things most in the mainstream do not acknowledge... this gives me more faith in your picks and views... you have to see the big picture in order to make valid decisions and for me, knowing you take it ALL into consideration makes you even more priceless in my view. Trying to navigate today based on the mainstream news is suicide by design, in my humble opinion. Thanks for all the information you provide... especially your thought-provoking opinion pieces, regardless who may write them!

(Julie J.)



I say "thank you" for taking on tough issues, including abortion. Loved the veteran and chemotherapy articles in the current email. Keep it coming, even the stuff I am skeptical of, the Duesberg AIDS research for example. Or, perhaps, especially the stuff I am skeptical of.

(Brien B.)



First off, a deep bow to your editors for bringing controversial issues into my mailbox again and again. I expected minor investment advice and silly advertisings, but am glad to have found that WWNK is much better than that. Several of your articles have helped me understand this world somewhat better and enticed me to investigate in subjects I didn't even know existed. I believe that is the point of this newsletter. Goal archived with me, I would say. Of course there have been articles that did not sit so well with me, but I am not so sadly ignorant as to bash you or your writers for having an opinion of their own, nor do I consider the writing to be 'crap'. My disagreements do not go beyond a shrug and a "oh well, that's their opinion."

Unlike some other readers.

I hereby apologize for all those sad cases out there who think the rim of their caps is the horizon and launch into pulpit-pounding just because a comment/article does not fit their reality picture. Although they sometimes may have some valid points I agree with (I am myself an anti-abortionist-within-reason, for example) their wording drips with ignorance--not just concerning medical issues but also spiritual, which they claim to represent. I am truly sorry such people exist.

Finally, I want to commend you again on your choice of articles and ask you to continue with your current standards in quality and information. WWNK is a gem among newsletters. Keep 'em coming!

(Alec D.)



I find that the world is populated with individuals that truly believe that their interpretation of God and Country is the only true viewpoint. I say carry on with your good work, no matter where the chips fall, and let those that are offended subscribe to another newsletter. God knows there are plenty of them on the Internet.

(Chuck P.)



Re: "The Chemotherapy Mafia"

Your responses to "The Chemotherapy Mafia" were again so many that we had to put most of them on a separate page (see link below). Since we expected divided opinions, we were quite amazed that there were virtually no opposing views. Here is a representative letter:

My father refused chemotherapy in 1974. He had stage 4 prostrate cancer, which had metastasized to the lungs as did many of the WWII vets. He lived over a year and lived a relatively good last year.

My stepfather had the exact same cancer in the same stage in 1993. He had the radiation and chemo. His last time was spent in a hospital bed at home with a feeding tube, and very ill. He lived 4 months after diagnosis.

After watching this, I am not sure I would choose chemo as my father was so much happier and more healthy than my step-dad in his final days.

Even in 1974, there was immense pressure for my father to have chemo. The doctors even called me to their office and asked me to sign the release, and when that did not work to have him declared incompetent so someone else could sign for him. One doctor had the audacity to tell me that I was "signing his death warrant" if I would not sign the permission for the chemo. Looking back, I am amazed that I refused them even with all their coercion since I was only 22 years old at the time and the only adult child. (My parents were divorced and my mother had remarried).

My husband's mother went to Mexico in 1970 and had treatments and lived over 15 years after the doctors told her it was hopeless.

(Elizabeth B.)

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Posted 08-22-2006 8:29 PM by Doug Casey